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Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: August 2 Edition

Good morning!  Here’s some patent news from this week.  On Tuesday, a whole bunch of prominent companies (many in non-tech industries, like retail and food) sent a letter to Congress encouraging them to expand Covered Business Method (CBM) review; Patent Progress has pointed out repeatedly ([1], [2], [3]) that expanding CBM review is the most…

Mobile-Related Patents Are Increasing: One in Four Patents Issued Last Year Pertain to the Smartphone

(Cross Post on DisCo) A few months ago, I pointed out that approximately ⅙ of all active patents (roughly 250,000) read on the smartphone.  If you estimate that each patent has 20 claims, that is 5 million potential restrictions on smartphone innovation.  With numbers that staggering, it is impossible for the patent system to function as…

Obama Acknowledges Patent Troll Problem [w/ Transcript]

[Cross-posted on DisCo] It’s not often that the President or an Administration talks explicitly about detailed aspects of technology and intellectual property policy.  For President Obama, it has came up a few times: in Obama’s Reddit AMA, and the White House’s response to petitions about SOPA.  But today’s quotes from President Obama were even better. This afternoon, President…

Patent Expiration Doesn’t Prevent Green Mountain Coffee From Maintaining Its Buzz

(Cross posted on Project DisCo) Keurig single-cup brewing systems, conspicuous contraptions found in offices and homes across America, are a convenient product for anyone who wants to make coffee a cup at a time, instead of a full pot.  These machines require special individual filter cartridges holding coffee grounds or tea leaves.  The innovative cartridges, known…

Why Newegg is Exceptional (And Just Saved You Money!)

(Cross posted on Project DisCo) First of all, thank you Newegg! Everybody go out and buy an extra computer monitor, TV or a bulk pack of styluses from them right now (FYI, styluses are retro cool!).  I’ll wait… Done?  Good.  Now I will explain why. As it was widely reported earlier this week, perhaps best by Joe Mullin at Ars…

Patent Bully: Steve Jobs’ Unethical Use of Patents

(Cross posted on Project DisCo) Yesterday, a sworn statement by former Palm CEO Edward Colligan became part of the public record in a civil antitrust lawsuit brought by 5 employees at major Silicon Valley tech firms.  Colligan alleged, supported by email records, that Steve Jobs contacted him and “proposed” an arrangement in which Apple and…

Patent-less Smartphone Innovation and Global Technology Markets

(Cross-posted on Disruptive Competition Project (DisCo)) This weekend I attended the Second Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest held in Rio de Janeiro.  The Congress is intended to draw attention to the often-overlooked public interest aspects of global intellectual property policy and to offer an organized counterpoint to the so-called “maximalist” IP agenda.  Last…

Helping Startups Help Themselves: Why the SHIELD Act is TRIPS Compliant

(Cross-posted on Disruptive Competition Project (DisCo)) As I have discussed before, patent trolls pose a unique threat to technology startup companies.  The limited resources and small launch windows that constrain life as a startup company make them vulnerable to patent trolls.  Trolls leverage the sheer cost of fighting a patent challenge — even if the odds of…